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15 Sep 2008

Sleepless nites
My baby is 1yr now &  still does not sleep thru the nite.He has supper as 17:00 &  when I get back from work at 18:00,I breastfeed& then lights out by 19:00.He still will get up at least 4 times at nite to have a drink(breast).It really takes a toll on me at work because I get so tired.Is there anything I can do to make him slepp thru the nite?I' ve tried patting him back to sleep.that did' nt work.He is also a very good eater so I know he is not sleeping on an empty tummy.PPPLLLLSSSS HHHHEEEELLLLPPP!!
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

You obviously can't stay up half the night and then still have to work.No wonder you are exhausted. As you are sure that your baby is not hungry and he has a good feed before bedtime this is not the problem. It seems more that he has developed this extremely tiring feeding routine. Perhaps you should postpone his supper for an hour later or even two hours and then put him to bed. This will immediately change his routine a lot. Then if he wakes you know that that he is definitely not hungry.For a single feed at night you can give him one bottle. After this you should simply let him cry for longer and longer periods. This is very hard on the nerves but you have no other choice. He will get the message after one or two nights of this 'controlled crying'.
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